General Counsel

Job Description

Position Summary

This position serves as CUB's chief counsel of record in administrative proceedings, including before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), and before the courts, as necessary. Responsibilities include: taking a leading role in evaluating utility applications of interest to CUB filed with these administrative bodies, preparing legal filings made on behalf of the organization, representing CUB at hearings in rate cases and other proceedings in which CUB intervenes, and providing legal counsel to the Executive Director and the CUB Board of Directors on CUB operational issues. This position provides legal and policy assistance to the Director of regulatory affairs and participates in formulating CUB's legal and substantive positions on issues. The staff attorney closely interacts with PSCW legal counsel and staff, the utilities, and other stakeholder groups in contested and uncontested proceedings. This position requires independent performance in technical and highly complex matters affecting overall utility regulation and requires a high level of independent decision making. Projects may require working both independently or collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Experience in utility law and a strong working knowledge of Wisconsin's public and private electric and natural gas industry, including its regulatory framework, are preferred.

Qualifications

Candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin at the time of application.

Qualified applicants will have experience with all the following:

  • Conducting legal research and making determinations or recommendations based on legal research
  • Preparing formal legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, affidavits, or orders with respect to pending court or agency proceedings
  • Writing memoranda and correspondence related to dockets

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants will have experience with one or more of the following:

  • Legal experience related to utility law, administrative law, or environmental law
  • Experience reviewing or revising law and legal policy or administrative rules
  • Experience preparing witnesses, testimony, cross-examination, and arguments for court and agency proceedings
  • Litigation experience at all levels of state and federal courts or prosecuting contested matters in an administrative forum
  • Experience providing legal counsel to executive management

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following

  • A letter of qualifications
  • Resume

It is recommended that applicants also submit

  • 2-3 professional references
  • Writing samples demonstrating experience preparing formal legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, affidavits, or orders with respect to court or administrative agency proceedings